I am posting this article, in its entirety, from Dr. Michael Brown. International House of Prayer has it on their website.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
This is for persons who are followers of Jesus and have a high view of the authority of the Bible. That is, persons who look to the Bible as framing their worldview.
So - what about same-sex sexual relationships and same sex marriage? There is not one verse in the Book that affirms them.
I'm not making this up.
So, look at this reasoning.
1. Not one verse in the Book affirms same sex marriage.
2. God affirms same sex marriage.
How, in the name of Logic, can statements 1 and 2 be held, simultaneously, to be true? Minimally, it's difficult, requiring an unconvincing (to me and many others) display of hermeneutical gymnastics.
What do we do about this, we (and you) who love Jesus? Here's something from Michael Brown.
"So where does that leave us when it comes to the subject of the Bible and homosexuality? It leaves us in a place of humility before God, not condemning others, not judging with a harsh and censorious spirit, and searching our own hearts for sin and hypocrisy. It also leaves us jealous for God’s best, recognizing that His ways alone are the path of life. And it leaves us clinging tightly to the Lord and His Word, not wanting to impose our values, standards, and opinions on God’s Word but rather asking our heavenly Father to help us form our values, standards, and opinions based on the Scriptures. Otherwise, as Augustine once warned, “If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”" (Michael Brown, Can You Be Gay and Christian?: Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality, p. 45)
The interpretive method is to get at the meaning of the text, independently of what you or I want the text to say. But do you like it? This is irrelevant, to meaning of texts. (To persons who have unthinkingly succumbed to postmodern hermeneutics, which logicians and scientists abhor, there is no meaning to texts. But that's another story...)
(See also International House of Prayer, which has this posted on their website - https://www.ihopkc.org/resources/blog/loving-god-loving-our-neighbor/ )
Brown, Michael L.. Can You Be Gay and Christian?: Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality (p. 45). Charisma House. Kindle Edition.
|(Me, climbing the big dune at Warren Dunes State Park, in Michigan)|
I begin this day by opening up the Bible to Proverbs. I slow-cook in it. To acquire wisdom you have to marinate in God's slow-cooker.
This is why, in 1970, I changed my college major to philosophy. The word "philosophy" means "the love of wisdom" (philo-sophia).
Many are wiser than I. I learn from them. But, I do love wisdom. I treasure it. It has supreme value to me. I am always going after it.
Above all else, desire wisdom.
Wisdom is different from knowledge. Wisdom may contain knowledge; knowledge may have no wisdom.
"“Wisdom” is the biblical term for this on-earth-as-it-is-in-heaven everyday living. Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions we find ourselves. It has virtually nothing to do with information as such, with knowledge as such." (Peterson, The Message Remix 2.0: The Bible In Contemporary Language, p. 870)
- Wisdom has to do with becoming skillful in honoring our parents and raising our children,
- and handling our money,
- skillful in conducting our sexual lives,
- and going to work,
- skillful in exercising leadership,
- and using words well,
- skillful in treating friends kindly,
- and eating and drinking healthily,
- and cultivating emotions within ourselves and attitudes toward others that make for peace,
- Skillful in living well, and in robust sanity.
- Threaded through all these items is the insistence that the way we think of and respond to God is the most practical thing we do. In matters of everyday practicality, nothing, absolutely nothing, takes precedence over God. (Ib.)
Monday, September 21, 2020
|Worship at Redeemer - it's not as complicated as it looks|
When it comes to "sin," things have pretty much been the same over the centuries. Stealing is still experienced as wrong. Lying, too. Hating, as well. Also, killing innocent people for fun. And so on.
This silly meme fails to get at the truth, which is: It's not complicated. Not really. Adultery boils down to one truth: she chose not to keep her vows.
In my logic classes I demystify the nature of rationality and clear away the foggy delusion of "complicated." I explain that a statement is a sentence that is either true or false. A statement describes a state of affairs that either obtains, or it does not. Period. (If that astonishes you, then I wish you had taken one of my Logic classes at MCCC. Or, pick up any university Logic text and begin to read.)
Cheat and hide. Again and again, as they faced ever-growing waves of *Kierkegaardian either-ors and, simply and as old as humanity, chose evil. That's not very complicated, right?
(The same, of course, goes for men.)
My first book is Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God.
My second book is Leading the Presence-Driven Church.
I'm now in process of writing:
How God Changes the Human Heart
Technology and Spiritual Formation
After that, Linda and I intend to write our book on Relationships.
|Holland State Park, Michigan|
The idea that every person has a "soul mate" who they must find is rooted in two relationship lies. Which are:
1. I need this person to be complete.
2. If this person needs me, I'll be complete.
- From Real Relationships, by Les and Leslie Parrott.
"It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them."
- Anthony Storr, in Ib.